The late Afrikaner anti-apartheid activist Beyers Naudé will be honoured when a new municipality – merging Ikwezi, Baviaans and Camdeboo – is named after him next month.
The Political Change Management Committee, tasked by the Sarah Baartman District Municipality to oversee the amalgamation process of the three institution, decided on the name change last week following consultations with communities from all three municipalities.
Consultations with communities from the three municipalities were done and last week the committee decided on Beyers Naudé, known fondly as “Oom Bey”.
District municipal spokeswoman Lynne Niemann said the decision to name the new municipality after Naudé – originally from Graaff-Reinet – was due to his contribution to the country’s democracy.
The new municipality’s headquarters will be in the Karoo town.
“The late Beyers Naudé grew up in Graaff-Reinet and was a community activist who championed the cause of the poor and marginalised. His contribution towards South Africa achieving democracy is well known,” Niemann said.
“In recognition of this, stakeholders of the area, the councils of the three local municipalities and the Sarah Baartman District Municipality deemed it appropriate that the new municipality be named after him.”
Ikwezi, Baviaans and Camdeboo will merge next month following a decision by the Municipal Demarcation Board last year to create one financially viable municipality.
Source: Herald Live